The 10th week of the league found Keravnos Strovolou to be the total triumph after succeeding an awesome road win in Larnaka against the champion team of AEK 63-79. Coach Livadiotis troops were better than their opponent and even though that there was an x factor for the home team, as there was the unknown Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dasic, the visiting side was quite serious and solid with great effort and passion from all the players, were able to finally get this precious (easier than though) victory, as obviously Alex Harris who left the Cyprus team to join forces to the Greek club Doxa Lefkadas in A1 league, was a serious loss for Coach Linos Gavriel, but it wasn't the only reason of the negative result for the champions..
The first period was quite nerve breaking for both the teams as they were quite unsuccessful in most of their offensive tries with quite many "empty" minutes with the score remaining on a very low levels and Keravnos getting a small lead of 1 in a 16-17 in the period with Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) already scoring 9 points and the home team having issues in the rebounding area, as other than Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) from AEK nobody else was able to grab a rebound, while on the other end, Keravnos had a team work with Mohamed Abukar, O' Brien and Parks being able to lock most of the "air fights"
The second period was quite decisive for the game since the visitors were able to get some precious points from nearly all the players who were a continuous thread for AEK's defense while the home offense was terrible with Primoz Brezec fighting alone at both edges... Keravnos further his superiority and team effort was able to increase the deficit taking it to +8, 23.31' to the end of the first half with Neofitou, Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) and Parks entering in the scoring board where they back up successfully Mohamed Abukar's. Ross's and O'Briens' points. The end of the first half was only 31-37 as Tomislav Petrovic helped a bit his team and cut the deficit at the end.
The third period was more or less the same with Keravnos keeping a safe distance but even though the score went to +9, 43-52 and 4.27'' to the end of the third period with Nikolaos Stylianou's long three pointer, AEK found the strength and with Courtney Pigram, Sizopoulos and Palalas three pointer's cut the deficit by the end to 54-59 as Sizopoulos missed the three pointer which would have taken the score into the single point.
The four and final period belonged totally to the visiting side and Coach Livadiotis, AEK cut further the deficit to 56-59 with Primoz Brezec feeling quite tired (let's not forget also his age) and 8.09' to the end the three pointer of the captain of the home team Panteli cut the deficit for the last time to a derby sound result the 58-61 of that particular time became at the end 63-79 with the total domination of Keravnos who outscore his opponent with the awesome 4-18 in the last 8 minutes!! Parks, Nikolaos Stylianou, O' Brien and Neofitou were the leading figures in this period, while AEK Larnakas lost nearly all the shots of the period with the only points coming from Primoz Brezec as nobody else scored on behalf of the home team..
Keravnos dominated in all areas but the rebounding one was the most crucial with 32-44 while in assist 15-20, turnovers 16-12, and steals 4-5 the domination was not so big. The MVP of the game was the Cyprus international forward Nikolaos Stylianou not only for his 16 points but also for his 4 rebounds, 5 assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes of game, while Coach Livadiotis use his 8 players with an accurate time in the court as other than Barker and Mohamed Abukar played exactly the same time, while four of them had double digits. On the other side Coach Livadiotis saw an amazing double-double figures by Primoz Brezec with 23 points and 15 rebounds but that was it!! Nothing else for the champions, Petrovic and Panteli try harder but they were all alone.. Keravnos increase the deficit no in the board to 9-1 followed by AEK's 7-3 and APOEL 5-5 Top scorers: AEK: Primoz Brezec 23, Panteli and Petrovic 9 per head, Biggs 6 Keravnos: Nikolaos Stylianou 16, Mohamed Abukar 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 turnovers, Barker 12, Parks 10, and O' Brien 8
On the other game of the week, APOEL added his 5th victory after beating the last seated ETHA with 62-71 and Wright and Burnatowski being the leading figures scoring 21 and 18 points respectively while from ETHA, Esho and Walker scored 21 and 16 respectively. ETHA is at the bottom of the board with a negative record of 2-8
Lastly on the opener of the week, Apollon added his third victory after beating PAralimni with 67-63 in a total derby with the Cyprus International guard Iraklis Pittakas being the leading figure and the MVP of the game with 22 points followed by Marshall who scored 19. On behalf of Paralimni which is officially the most unpredictable team of the league, top scorer was Eric Washington (178-PG-93, college: Miami, OH) with 17 points. Apollon in now at the 5th place of this mini league with 3-7 record while Paralimni is at the fourth place with 4-6 record..
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 6 days ago
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Apoel - AEK 64-73 AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points,... [read more]
AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points. Top scorers: Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - 12 days ago
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Keravnos - Enosis 107-47 Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds.... [read more]
Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points. Top scorers: Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures. Top scorers: AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - 13 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This year Vezenkov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(54-78), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 80.5% in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (12-13) to beat Panathinaikos (24-1).
Christodoulou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Christodoulou's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek.
Christodoulou played for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.
#3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game.
Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1).
Razis recorded 5 points.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 on their home court in Rethymno by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
This season Razis averages only 1.5ppg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%.
He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.
Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.
#4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) in the German ProA (second division).
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
But Koeln Rh.Stars was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the leading Mitteldeutscher BC.
King's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.
He is a naturalized American.
King is also Cypriot national team player.
He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.
The list of other players, who all have Cypriot passport but never been selected to any of Cypriot national teams:
#1.Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Cherno More to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-19) 84-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
He was the best player in that game. Natskin recorded 20 points and added 4 assists.
Cherno More Ticha (6-16) is placed seventh in the NBL.
It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Natskin's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.2apg.
Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Despite his Cypriot passport, Natskin previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cypriot team.
#2.Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) 78-63 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday.
Andronicos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Bendigo Braves (1-1) are placed second in SEABL-South group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Andronicos' first season with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 10.0rpg in two games he played so far.
Andronicos is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Australian.
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